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The Squire has been Rockford’s free weekly newspaper since 1871. Our loyal readership includes over fifteen thousand homes in the Rockford area, including the affluent Lakes area of Lake Bella Vista, Bostwick Lake and Silver Lake; Belmont, Blythefield, as well as Algoma, Courtland, Cannon and Plainfield Townships. The Squire is distributed through the U.S. Post Office every Thursday. We also deliver to in-town businesses and homes with paper carriers and news stands in our grocery stores and over thirty local shops.

Antiques Roadshow showcases Grand Rapids

April 15, 2009 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Stand aside Dancing With The Stars.  For the next three consecutive Monday nights (April 20, 27, and May 4), during the time slot of the hugely popular ABC network dance show, West Michigan television viewers will have their sets tuned to WGVU Public Television’s most popular show, The Antiques Roadshow.  Readers will recall The Squire’s coverage of the first ever visit of the Antiques Roadshow to Grand Rapids, MI, August 9 of last year. The Rockford Squire was there to cover that event.  Judy Matthews, the show’s Senior Publicist, said at the time, “We have received an overwhelming response in Grand Rapids. 27,000 tickets were requested for the event, a record number unsurpassed by any city in the Roadshow’s history.”  In a random drawing 3,400 lucky people had each received two free tickets to the DeVos Place event. Also holding tickets were a limited number of people who had made a minimum $200 donation to WGVU Public Television to receive just one ticket. Each ticket holder was asked to bring no more than two of his or her “treasures” for appraisal. But somehow that limit was exceeded Matthews related saying, “By the end of the show the 70 appraisers on hand had looked at between14,000 to 20,000 items (another record).” Recently, The Squire was fortunate enough to receive a Press Preview CD (screener) of the upcoming three Grand Rapids episodes in their entirety.  With a bowl of popcorn between us, your reporters sat down one recent evening to prescreen the three one-hour segments.  Your reporters are avid Antiques Roadshow viewers and what we were struck by, and what viewers should watch for, was what seemed to us an unusually high-average value placed on the individual on-air appraisals. Grand Rapids must be a treasure trove of antiques, many hidden away in attics, basements and garages. Those lucky enough to have their items appraised on-air exhibited genuine West Michigan appreciation and outright enthusiasm.  We won’t disclose our favorite appraisals or the segments they are in, but here are three examples that really raised our eyebrows. An 1881 Jasper Cropsey oil painting depicting the Hudson River Valley was appraised at $300,000.  A 1905 pair of Carl Faberge cufflinks converted later to earrings was […]

Rockford Register

April 15, 2009 // 0 Comments

Tuesdays Now through April 21 Free Health Program-6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Sparta Health Center, 475 S. State St., Sparta. The Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) workshop provides knowledge and skills to adults with chronic health conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, bronchitis, asthma and depression. Registration is necessary; enrollment limited. For more information or to register, call (616) 685-1300. Now through April 24 Rockford Band Boosters Burger and Brat Sale-Spring fundraiser. 1 lb. of ground chuck for $3.75, 1 lb. of brats for $4.50. Meat is from Story’s Fresh Meat & Deli, Rockford. For more information contact Tom Doane at (616) 581-5643. Thursday, April 16 Spring Outdoor Archery League– 7 p.m. every Thursday through June 4, 2009, at Rockford Sportsman’s Club. FITA range rules and targets, six arrow ends; all shooting 122 cm targets. Fun for the whole family! For details, call (616) 292-8183 or e-mail Saturday, April 18 Pancake Breakfast & Seedling Pick-Up-8-11 a.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center. Have breakfast when you come for a hike or to pick up your seedling order. Cost is $5 for adults; $3.50 for children ages 4-12. For directions and more information, visit 4th Annual Gently Used Spring Sale-9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Kent Service Center on Northland Dr., Rockford. All items in the Market Place Showroom will be for sale, and everything priced less than $10, to make room for summer items. Proceeds from this sale go back into the Center’s food pantry. Admission is a nonperishable food item. Spring Fling, Leisure Village Mini Expo-1:00-4:00 p.m., entrance just north of the corner of Cannonsburg and Chauncey NE. Auditions for “Arsenic and Old Lace”-10 a.m. (and Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m.) at Master Arts Theatre, 75 77th St. SW, Grand Rapids. Performances will be June 11-20, 2009. Nine men and one woman needed. For more information, call (616) 455-1001 or e-mail Sunday, April 19 Roast Beef Dinner-11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 4195 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults, and $3.50 for children under age 12. Enjoy all-you-can-eat roast beef, potatoes, corn, beans, roll, dessert and beverage. Bring your papers for recycling! “Best dinner in town… Bring the whole […]

Letters to the Editor

April 15, 2009 // 0 Comments

Thanks for promoting cure for diabetes family fun day Dear Editor, Thanks again for the support you are giving to promote my family fun day. I know that my event would not be as successful if generous groups like the Squire did not help me. I did notice a correction opportunity to the article this week. The article described the cost of a “poker hand” as a minimum donation of $25. The actual cost on the day of the event of a single hand is only $10 and a family pack which you describe is $30 (which include 4 poker hands and the various gift certificates). The $25 donation described in the flyer was for pre-registration via the web site which includes a gift to the participant of a t-shirt and one additional poker hand on the day of the event. I apologize for any confusion I created by having so many options for donation. As always, I am trying to create a win-win for my charity and the participants. I was blown away to see the picture of Scott and I on the front page this week and feel blessed to have a community of people like yourself to help me make a contribution to finding a cure for diabetes! Chris Radford

John Ball Zoo throws a party

April 15, 2009 // 0 Comments

Earth Day event will feature over 30 green organizations Yes, being green has definitely caught on. Manufacturers, architects, and businesses of all kinds have found ingenious ways to conserve and preserve. But how about every day family households that want to help? What can they do that’s affordable, simple and saves? Party for the Planet at John Ball Zoo is the place to find out. The event will take place on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over thirty West Michigan organizations will be attending Party for the Planet and each will offer something unique. There will be seedling give-aways, games, entertainment, science experiments, recycling and conservation  tips and of course, the animals.  Party for the Planet will also be the “one-stop-drop” for recycling of electronics and household items thanks to the on-site collection by Kent County Department of Public Works, 1-800-GOT JUNK? and Goodwill Industries.   Zoo admission for Party for the Planet is only $3.50 for adults, $3.00 for children 13 and under, and kids two and under are free.  John Ball Zoo is located on Fulton Ave., one mile west of downtown Grand Rapids.  For more information or (616)336-4374 Full list of participants:  Association of Grand Rapids Landscape Professionals Will be distributing free white pine seedlings City of Grand Rapids – Environments Services Disney            Will have give-aways promoting upcoming movies. Girl Scouts Will be helping kids plant seeds in take-home pots. Blandford Nature Center Will be handing out seedlings. Goodwill Industries Will be collecting clothes and household items. Grand Rapids Children’s Museum Make-n-take crafts and games. Grand Valley Metro Council Green Chauffers (‘green’ taxi service) GVSU “Greening of the Grands” Project             Free blue spruce seedlings GVSU Natural Resources Management Healthy Homes Coalition Will be helping people keep their homes safe inside and out. Horizon Hydroponics Displaying tools for ‘green’ gardening. Animal Medical Center of Wyoming Land Conservancy of West Michigan Michigan Nature Association Natural Awakenings MagazineL Pioneer Construction The Rogue River Sierra Sustainable Community Development Initiative West Michigan Academy of Environmental Sciences West Michigan Trails and Greenways Coalition WMEAC


April 15, 2009 // 0 Comments

Newkirk-Homrich Danielle E. Newkirk and Brandon K. Homrich are engaged to be married in May, 2009 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Belmont. The future bride is a 2007 graduate of Rockford High School, and is currently enrolled in Excel Academies of Cosmetology in Grand Rapids. Danielle is the daughter of Christopher and Mary Newkirk of Rockford. The future groom is a 2005 graduate of Rockford High School, and is awaiting initial Boot Camp assignment in the United States Air Force, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, beginning in the summer of 2009. Brandon is the son of Kenneth and Cynthia Homrich of Rockford.

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